Organizing Team


Sander Chan, PhD is a political scientist specialising in transnational climate action and global environmental politics at  the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), and adjunct assistant professor at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University (Netherlands). His research areas include: public-private partnerships, sustainable development, orchestration of transnational action, and corporate voluntary environmental behaviour. Sander is a steering committee member of Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions, a network of experts that facilitates a series of open dialogues, aiming to bring the groundswell of climate actions from cities, regions, companies, and other groups to a higher level of scale and ambition. He is also a founding member of the NELD Platform on Non-Economic Loss and Damage, which draws attention to losses and damages that defy quantification and/or monetization, but still matter to people. Sander obtained his PhD from VU University Amsterdam in September 2014, authoring his thesis on the emergence and effectiveness of Partnerships for Sustainable Development in global and local implementation.


Friederike Eichhorn is a political scientist and researcher at the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). She holds a Master´s Degree in Sustainable Development with a focus on environmental policy and resources management. Her main areas of interest are the the role of nonstate and subnational actors in realizing a low carbon and climate resilient future, policy integration at international and national levels towards the successful and just realization of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda. She is conference manager of the 2017 Interconnections Conference.


Paula Ellinger da Fonseca is responsible for the Climate Action Program at Fundación Avina and promotes collaborative processes to accelerate mitigation and adaptation in Latin America. She holds a BA in International Relations and a MA in Development Studies with a minor in Local and Regional Development, as well as training in facilitation of social processes, design thinking and cognitive psychology. She has been working with sustainable development in Latin America for over 7 years, with a specific focus on the Amazon and Chaco biomes.


Thomas Hale, PhD in his research explores how we can manage transnational problems effectively and fairly. He seeks to explain how political institutions evolve — or not — to face challenges raised by globalization and interdependence, with a particular emphasis on environmental and economic issues. He holds a PhD in Politics from Princeton University, a masters degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics, and an AB in public policy from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. A US national, Hale studied and worked in Argentina, China, and Europe.


Kennedy Mbeva  is research fellow, Climate Resilient Economies, and Responsible Natural Resource Economies at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS).


Eliza Northrop is an associate in the International Climate Action Initiative at the World Resources Institute (WRI). She is an international environmental lawyer with expertise in climate change, indigenous rights and governance. Her work focuses primarily on international climate law and policy issues, in particular the design and implementation of the Paris Agreement.


Mathilde Bou is an associate in the SDG Delivery Team and the Sustainable Finance Center. She conducts research and activities on policy coherence for sustainable development, with a focus on ensuring a joint and consistent implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to global climate action. She also works on synergies between climate and development finance, as well as on measures to shift finance towards socially and environmentally responsible investments.


Cynthia Elliott is an associate at WRI’s Global Climate Program. She focuses on international governance arrangements for non-state and subnational actors engaged in climate action, and advancing issues under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, including mitigation and adaptation ambition and transparency and accountability.


Manuela Mattheß is coordinating projects on international energy and climate policy at FES Berlin since 2015. She holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science and Mid-Eastern Studies and has previously been working for FES Sénégal. Her main areas of interest are climate induced migration and displacement, sustainable cities, challenges of and chances for a global energy transformation and low-carbon development pathways. In her work she also focuses on the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the SDGs.


Frédéric Wils works at the Competence Centre Climate Change at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and leads the Support Project to the NDC Partnership. Before that he worked as a planning officer with a regional focus on Asia, where he was designing and advising capacity building projects in the areas of climate finance and greenhouse gas mitigation. In addition to this, he contributed to the German-British NAMA Facility which is supporting developing countries that show leadership in tackling climate change and want to implement transformational NAMAs. Prior to these activities, he worked as an assistant to the Chairman of the GIZ Management Board and as a Junior Professional Officer for GIZ‘s Climate Protection Programme. He holds a M.A. in International Relations from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (Washington, DC) and graduated in Public Administration from Potsdam University.


Constanze Böning is currently working for the Support Project to the NDC Partnerschaft at German Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Bonn. Until recently she was based in Beijing, China and in charge of projects on carbon pricing and greenhouse gas monitoring and supported the coordination of climate change related projects within the framework of the German International Climate Initiative (IKI) at GIZ in China. Before joining GIZ in 2011 she worked as a project manager at the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce and freelanced as advisor for different business and strategy consultancies in China and Germany. She studied in Germany and China and holds a Master in Sinology, Journalism, as well as Logic and Theory of Science from Leipzig University and additional academic qualifications in Environmental Science.